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Backing up and synchronizing online

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

Video: Backing up and synchronizing online

There's nothing worse than the feeling you get when your computer crashes or even worse is lost and you have no backup of your favorite photos. That will be less of a worry for you if you used the Photoshop.com Backup and Synchronization features in Elements. Not only will Photoshop.com automatically backup designated albums, it will also synchronize any changes that you make in Elements to an album and those changes will appear not only in the corresponding album online but if you're using Photoshop Elements 8 on another computer, you can synchronize the way the album looks on the other computer, as well as on Photoshop.com and it happens automatically.

Backing up and synchronizing online

There's nothing worse than the feeling you get when your computer crashes or even worse is lost and you have no backup of your favorite photos. That will be less of a worry for you if you used the Photoshop.com Backup and Synchronization features in Elements. Not only will Photoshop.com automatically backup designated albums, it will also synchronize any changes that you make in Elements to an album and those changes will appear not only in the corresponding album online but if you're using Photoshop Elements 8 on another computer, you can synchronize the way the album looks on the other computer, as well as on Photoshop.com and it happens automatically.

For this lesson, I'm going to make a new album but you can backup and synchronize an existing album by right- clicking in Album Name, choosing to edit the album and if the album is not being backed up, as this one already is, checking Backup Synchronize. I am going to cancel and I'll create a new album by selecting some photos in the Organizer. I'll click on one. I'll hold the Shift key and click on another to select all four of these and then I'll go to the Albums panel. I'll click the Plus symbol and I'll choose New Album, as I have showed you how to do before and I'll call this one Guitars.

Now, I'm going to leave Backup Synchronize checked here and I'll click Done. That not only creates the album; it also sets it up for Backup and Synchronization. Now, in the Albums panel, there are two new icons to the left of the Guitars album indicating that it is set for Synchronization and Backup. Now, I'm going to come down to this small Save icon at the bottom of the Organizer. I'll click that icon and I'm going to choose View BackupSynchronization Status. This lets me see the status of where Elements is in backing up and synchronizing this particular album, and being able to view the backup and synchronization status like this is a new feature in Photoshop Elements 8.

When the synchronization is done, I get a message that my desktop photos are in sync with my online account. So, I'm going to close this window and if I went to my Photoshop.com account now, I would see the same photos there in this album that I see here in Elements. If I go back down to that Synchronize menu at the bottom of the Organizer and click, I can also choose to view all of the files that are backed up and synchronized in this catalog, or those that are not backed up. I'm going to click View Back Up/ Synchronized files and then I'll go to be slider at the top of the Organizer and drag to the left, so that I can see the thumbnails of all files that are backed up and synchronized in this catalog.

There are some special preferences that govern the backup synchronization process and those are found under the Edit menu in Preferences > Backup/Synchronization. Here you can see that Backup and Synchronization is on and here you can see each of the albums that I've made and whether they are synchronized or not. I can choose to backup or sync my entire catalog from here and also from here, I can upgrade my membership at Photoshop.com. Since I have the free membership, I currently have only 2 GB of storage space for my backup and synchronization, but as my catalog grows, I may want to upgrade to the paid membership so that I have more room to backup and synchronize.

I am going to click the Cancel button to close this dialog box and I want to say that I think that this Backup and Synchronization feature alone is a good reason to sign up for Photoshop.com, but I do want to emphasize that this online backup shouldn't be your only one. It's also a good idea to backup your photos manually to an external drive or CDs or DVDs so that you have extra insurance.

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  1. 10m 20s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 35s
    3. Launching the Welcome screen
      3m 12s
    4. Touring Elements
      4m 20s
  2. 29m 45s
    1. Working with catalogs
      3m 16s
    2. Getting photos from your hard drive
      2m 49s
    3. Changing thumbnail display options
      4m 35s
    4. Getting photos from a camera or card
      9m 43s
    5. Getting photos from a CD/DVD or an external drive
      4m 46s
    6. Getting photos from a scanner
      4m 36s
  3. 43m 15s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 44s
    2. Viewing photos
      5m 11s
    3. Selecting photos
      2m 58s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 39s
    5. Renaming photos
      2m 7s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      2m 0s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      5m 24s
    8. Stacking photos
      8m 9s
    9. Moving files
      4m 43s
    10. Backing up catalogs
      4m 20s
  4. 52m 4s
    1. Applying keyword tags
      8m 33s
    2. Finding photos by keyword tags
      3m 41s
    3. Finding photos with the Keyword Tag Cloud
      1m 56s
    4. Applying Smart Tags
      4m 29s
    5. Automatically tagging people in photos
      7m 54s
    6. Applying star ratings
      2m 48s
    7. Organizing photos in albums
      4m 10s
    8. Organizing photos in Smart Albums
      6m 44s
    9. Finding photos with Text Search
      4m 31s
    10. Finding photos from the Find menu
      5m 10s
    11. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 8s
  5. 29m 18s
    1. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      11m 12s
    2. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 10s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 22s
    4. Using Date View
      3m 41s
    5. Mapping photos
      4m 53s
  6. 56m 46s
    1. Applying Photo Fix options in the Organizer
      8m 22s
    2. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      6m 12s
    3. Applying Quick Fix controls
      11m 10s
    4. Using Quick Fix tools
      11m 2s
    5. Working in Guided Edit in the Editor
      4m 45s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      5m 57s
    7. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      9m 18s
  7. 1h 12m
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      5m 5s
    2. Opening files in Full Edit
      2m 13s
    3. Working with tabbed documents
      6m 57s
    4. Using tools
      6m 11s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      4m 22s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 18s
    7. Using Undo History
      5m 56s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 30s
    9. Creating a blank file
      5m 58s
    10. Photo resizing and resolution
      9m 59s
    11. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 8s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 49s
    13. Saving files
      7m 47s
  8. 17m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 28s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      4m 51s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      9m 17s
  9. 19m 54s
    1. Understanding selections
      2m 27s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 6s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 27s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 54s
  10. 1h 0m
    1. Cropping and straightening
      3m 49s
    2. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      2m 54s
    3. Applying adjustment layers
      7m 53s
    4. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    5. Merging multiple exposures
      6m 33s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      3m 54s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      3m 39s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 21s
    9. Correcting skin tone
      2m 34s
    10. Reducing digital noise
      4m 4s
    11. Sharpening photos
      7m 42s
    12. Working with raw photos
      9m 52s
  11. 24m 50s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      7m 52s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      4m 26s
    3. Dodging and burning
      2m 18s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      5m 17s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 41s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 16s
  12. 31m 3s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 8s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 16s
    3. Running automated actions
      1m 51s
    4. Using layer styles
      6m 6s
    5. Using shapes
      8m 12s
    6. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      3m 13s
    7. Converting color to black and white
      3m 17s
  13. 9m 29s
    1. Creating text
      5m 8s
    2. Editing text
      2m 59s
    3. Warping text
      1m 22s
  14. 38m 50s
    1. Making a photo book
      8m 26s
    2. Making a photo collage
      9m 0s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      11m 25s
    4. Stitching a photo panorama
      4m 3s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      5m 56s
  15. 33m 54s
    1. Printing photos
      2m 58s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages
      4m 58s
    3. Sending photos by email and Photo Mail
      5m 57s
    4. Burning photos to CD/DVD
      1m 17s
    5. Ordering prints and books
      1m 59s
    6. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 15s
    7. Sharing photos online at Photoshop.com
      7m 40s
    8. Backing up and synchronizing online
      3m 40s
    9. Getting inspiration from Adobe.com
      2m 10s
  16. 26s
    1. Goodbye
      26s

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